Tree cutting along the Potters Mills Gap section of Route 322 will continue for the next two weeks and drivers should anticipate some continued travel delays during that time, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
The work, which is part of PennDOT's three-phase Potters Mills Gap project, began in December and was slowed down last week by frigid temperatures.
Motorists should plan for delays through Jan. 25 as crews cut and remove trees between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day along the two-lane section of the highway. Whenever work activity may impact drivers, traffic will be stopped in both directions for 10 to 15 minutes at a time.
"These stops are enforced in the interest of public safety," according to a PennDOT release.
No delays will occur when work is taking place away from traffic.
The tree cutting is being done as an extension of phase two of the Potters Mills Gap project and must be completed before work on phase three can begin.
Phase one constructed the new bridge at Sand Mountain Road and phase two created the new, recently completed local interchange for Route 322 and Sand Mountain Road.
Phase three will reconstruct Route 322 from Sand Mountain Road to Potters Mills and will include a new Route 322/Route 144 intersection.
Once completed, the project is expected to alleviate congestion and allow traffic to move more safely and efficiently from the Centre/Mifflin County line to Potters Mills.